The trees are my temples


Fall is my favorite season in Minnesota. I love the crisp air and the clear, dark nights. I love the instinctive drive to gather food and blankets. But most of all I love the colors — and the light.

The leaves are subdued so far this year, muted by a dry and hot summer. Maybe that’s why I noticed the soft sunlight breaking through this bit of birch bark, giving it the radiance of a stained glass window.

In the words of Mikhail Gorbachev, “Trees are my temples and forests are my cathedrals.”

Birch at Como Lake BLOG

12 Responses to “The trees are my temples”

  1. My favorite time too.

    • 2 hmunro

      Now, if only we could get fall to last, oh, five or six months? Grin.

      • I know, why does the winter seem soooo long and the fall so short. Possibly my favorite season too.

        • 4 hmunro

          I’ve noticed that the perceived duration of a season is directly proportional to how comfortable that season is. The Mexican summers of my youth seemed intolerably long, whereas — now that I’m in a more moderate climate — the summers seem to fly by in Minnesota, but winter lasts forever. Hmmm. Maybe I should move to the equator?

          • You’ve hit the nail on the head! If only the summers here too would be warm on end for at least 4 weeks, I’m sure the winters wouldn’t feel so long. Growing up in South Africa, the summers felt pretty long too.

  2. Nice quote from Gorbachev. I always said his bark was worse than his bite 🙂

    • 7 hmunro

      I still think he’s underrated — both as a leader, and as a man. Perhaps precisely because he was never much of a biter. 😀

  3. What an exquisite shot and I love the quote x

    • 9 hmunro

      Thank you, dear Pollyanna! I love the quote, too — it reminds me of what a wondrous thing it is to walk among a stand of trees. In our modern lives, it’s easy to forget such simple pleasures.

  4. Wow, I agree! Exquisite indeed!

  5. ‘Noticing’ can be an art form. You have certainly made it one with this lovely shot of a small sunlit detail.
    Mr. Gorbachev clearly had his priorities right!

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